Sustainable Tourism and the Culture Economy: Does Certification Matter?
Protecting cultural heritage and intellectual property is connected closely with Indigenous people’s efforts to overcome disadvantage and create sustainable communities. But certification and accreditation standards and expectations of a formal economy can impede Indigenous tourism operators’ capacities to build market share relative to non-Indigenous operators. In this chapter we discuss the needs for standards and certification, and how and if it translates to delivery of ethical cultural experience and sustainability for the enterprise and/or community providing the experience. We ask whether standards and certification provide support to Indigenous tourism providers. The case of Respecting Our Cultures will be explored in terms of whether it promotes sustainability and equity by improving the dialogues among government agencies, the tourism industry and Indigenous operators.
KeywordsAuthenticity Certification Culture economy Ecotourism Ethical cultural experience Fair trade Indigenous tourism enterprises Respecting our cultures Standards Sustainability
I acknowledge this land as the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and that I respect their spiritual relationship ith their country. I also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the greater Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the Kaurna people today.
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